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An introduction to Trade School

5:00a.m. to 6:30a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Kicking off Trade School Dublin in Granby Park we will be discussing the thinking behind the global Trade School movement and talking about what is currently happening in Trade Schools around the world. We will also be sharing our experiences of setting up and running a Trade School and explaining how to do it. Through workshop exercises we will be encouraging people to think about the skills they have that are of value to other people. Finally we will be asking you to share ideas for the next Trade School Dublin!

Bring one of the following:
Bag of salted Manahattan popcorn (not cheesy flavour!)
good book recommendations
lovely soap
San Francisco/Yosemite/Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/New York travel tips
Volunteer some time to help run Trade School Dublin

About the teacher, Laura Howe

I'm Laura and one of my jobs is to teach people digital skills. I've been doing this for nearly 5 years, everything from teaching beginners to teaching organisations how to use Wordpress, social media etc. I've spent time in the UK teaching 3rd sector organisations about Google Drive and how it can help their clients and service users deal with changes to the welfare system. I use Google Drive for everything; planning, organising projects, developing training, group work, everything, and so I'm happy to share my zeal with other people.

StoryDraw

5:00a.m. to 6:30a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

StoryDraw is a story time where, after some well known tales have been read aloud, the children will be asked for their ‘artistic reaction’ to elements of the stories that have appealed to them. This is aimed at families with young children, particularly children aged 2-5, but all ages are welcome.

Bring one of the following:
a hello
a hello
a hello
a high five
a high five
a high five
a list of your 5 favourite books (child)
a list of your 5 favourite books (child)
a list of your 5 favourite books (child)
a list of your 5 favourite books (parent)
a list of your 5 favourite books (parent)
a list of your 5 favourite books (parent)
a mystery item
a mystery item
a mystery item
a smile
a smile
a smile
a used book for Granby Park & Read (not childrens)
a used book for Granby Park & Read (not childrens)
a used book for Granby Park & Read (not childrens)
a used childrens book for Granby Park & Read Library
a used childrens book for Granby Park & Read Library
a used childrens book for Granby Park & Read Library
an old photograph
an old photograph
an old photograph
something from nature you find on your way to the park
something from nature you find on your way to the park
something from nature you find on your way to the park

About the teacher, Kate Aston

StoryDraw will be led by Kate Aston & Philip Isard. Kate is an mum/artist/photographer/reflexologist who used to teach drama to kids & believes in encouraging free creativity in all. Philip is an illustrator and community activist who wants to encourage people to stretch their imagination.

street art stenciling class

6:30a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Learn how to design and cut stencils, which we will then be using to create a street art piece in Granby Park!

Bring one of the following:
A flask of tea
Advice on how to set up an art website
An apron
Jaffa cakes
Latex gloves
Masking tape

About the teacher, Anna Doran

I am a dublin based stencil street artist that is part of the evolve urban art group.My work can be found on Thomas st,Camden st and the Bernard shaw

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

An opportunity for family groups to collectively compose and perform a song, guided by established songwriters, Miriam Ingram and Carol Keogh. Participants choose the subject, provide the melody and lyrics, and Songbirds help to put it all together. The song will be performed live by the group at the end of the session, which will run for approximately 75 minutes. This improvisatory workshop should encourage budding songwriters, while providing a fun family experience.

Bring one of the following:
Guitar strings (acoustic) or paintbrushes
Make up or clothes voucher
Percussion instruments of any kind
Portable whiteboard (decent size)
Refill paper for whiteboard (pad)

About the teacher, Songbirds Ireland

Songbirds Ireland are established songwriters, Miriam Ingram and Carol Keogh. They are offering an opportunity for family groups to collectively compose and perform a song under their guidance. You will choose the subject, provide the melody and lyrics and they will help you put it all together. At the end of the workshop (approximately 75 minutes) there will be a group performance. Fun guaranteed for adults and children alike!

Portrait Photography Fun Time

6:30a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Learn basic skills to take better photos of your friends and family with your compact camera or camera phone. We will show you different angles, lighting and tricks to improve your shots. We will then have you team up and photograph each other and these portraits will then be printed as outdoor posters and displayed in Granby Park for the duration. Please bring compact cameras or mobile phones and appropriate cables. For ages 10-20 and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents can choose to engage in the workshop or there will be areas to relax and read the paper.

Bring one of the following:
appreciation
help putting up posters
promise to practice photography

About the teacher, Kate Nolan

Kate Nolan and Mandy O'Neill have been working in photography for the past ten years and have recently joined together to work on photography events and teaching. We both work with various styles of portraiture which we will be bringing to the workshop.

All Ages Beginners' Knitting Class

11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Learn the basics of knitting from experienced instructors, and after one class, have all the knowledge you need to handknit a scarf and more. Or to contribute your own knitted patch to Granby Park's "yarnbombing" installation. All materials supplied.

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Zita Spring

Zita runs a wool shop, and is one of the Trade School Dublin crew. She's organised large-scale yarn bombing installations in Dublin before, and finds it a really fun way to enagage with new people, and to share her love for crafts and messing about.

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Starting with simple games and play, this workshop will explore different ways of creating theatre performance from improvisation and conversation. Participants will leave the workshop with some tools for creating performance material of their own. Everyone will have the chance to play, direct, perform and observe! No experience required.

Bring one of the following:
a good book
a story
a surprise
interesting tea bags
something delicious

About the teacher, Joan Somers

Joan is an emerging theatre maker and drama facilitator based in Dublin, with a strong interest in activating public spaces and private imaginations. She creates and directs work for theatre and has facilitated workshops and projects for a range of groups, from ages 7 to 70.

MCing Workshop

6:30a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

12.00pm-1.30pm MCing workshop for ages 8-22

Bring one of the following:

About the teacher, Zita Spring

Zita runs a wool shop, and is one of the Trade School Dublin crew. She's organised large-scale yarn bombing installations in Dublin before, and finds it a really fun way to enagage with new people, and to share her love for crafts and messing about.

Pallet knife acrylic workshop

11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

I'd like to introduce basics of Pallet Knife Art -applying Acrylic on Canvas with Pallet knives. Please bring acrylic paints, canvas and a pallet knife. Any plastic card would also do instead of pallet knives. You can get canvasses from the Euro shop or Evans art supply.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Acrylic paints, any colour
Blank canvasses
Contacts in Media, Design, Architecture, Consultancy
Primer (whire base colour)

About the teacher, Nicolette Spelic

My name is Nicolette, I live in Ireland for over 6 years - loving it. I am a business analyst during daytime and love art in my private life. I play tennis and like to try new sports, hobbies etc. I support Mabos, the warehouse project in the Grand Canal area and love to support people and teach new skills. I'd love to sync with a like minded crowd to create something and use my skills to support and grow the business and learn new things.

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Join musician Thomas Johnston on a magical, musical adventure for young children (aged 3-5) and accompanying adults. The Creatures of Whistleberry Forest have found a lost song hiding under the branches of the Old Oak Tree! Help Oran the Owl, Rosa the Rabbit, Sorley the Slug, and the other creatures of Whistleberry Forest find the owner of the lost song. There will be lots of singing, dancing, and musical instruments to explore as we go on our musical journey. A participating adult(s) should accompany children for this workshop which lasts 45 minutes approx.

Bring one of the following:
A few Feathers
A Forest Surprise
A Lovely Cushion
Some Acorns
Some Horse Chestnuts
Some Pine Cones
Your Participation

About the teacher, Thomas Johnston

Thomas Johnston plays uilleann pipes and whistles, and has taught and performed extensively in Ireland and abroad. He is currently carrying out research in St. Patrick's College (Drumcondra) on Music Generation's national performance music education service. Previous to this, he taught uilleann pipes and whistle at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and has been involved in several music projects for children and young people.

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

In the class we will basically come up with a couple of themes (in french and or english) on which we will like to write a song. Then we build the song from begining to end making the rhym scheme beautiful and lyrically captivating.

Bring one of the following:
3 words in French recited and explained at entry
a bracelet
a chocolate bar
a french pocket dictionary
a hat
a historical romance (novel)
a new pullover
a pen
a translation English to Gealic pocket dictionary
And a ding-dong (huge) smile
Ear rings

About the teacher, Mabel Chah

I am Mabel Chah singer and song writer from Cameroon

Renga Poetry Workshop

6:30a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Renga is a form of collaborative poetry that originated in Japan in the 11th century, in which a three line verse is followed by a two line verse then a three line verse and so on. Participants will be introduced to the basic elements of the practice, and will work together to produce a chain of linked verses.

Bring one of the following:
coffee for French press
M&Ms (peanut)
mixtape
surprise me

About the teacher, Christodoulos Makris

Christodoulos Makris lives in north county Dublin. His collections include 'Spitting Out the Mother Tongue' (Wurm Press, 2011) and the artist's book 'Muses Walk' (2012). He also made the short poetry film 'Safe as Houses' (2013). He was the representative of Cyprus at Poetry Parnassus, part of the London 2012 cultural Olympiad.

Stretching in the city

11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

This will be a hatha flow yoga class for both beginners and for those more familiar. In the middle of the city, we tend towards busyness, movement, distraction. This class will be about pausing, taking the time to ground ourselves, breathe and become aware of our body. In this way we reconnect to the earth, nature and our creative selves even as the city life swirls around us. We'll also practice poses that open us to the world and the people in our vicinity, something important in a city where we often find ourselves closed off from others. The class will end with a short meditation.The class will be a fairly dynamic class, but you don't have to be a fitness freak to join!

Bring one of the following:
a bike basket
A drawing lesson
a poetry book
a surprise
advice on growing herbs indoors
fresh fruit and veg
ground coffee
Herbal tea
home made bread
houseplant
incense sticks
lesson or book on reflexology
piano book for a beginner
teach me how to make an origami bird
wildflowers

About the teacher, Mairéad Heffron

I've been practicing yoga for about 8 years, and teaching for roughly four of those, in Ireland and as far afield as Mozambique, part time as a break from my office job(s). I've done courses in Vipassana meditation and mindfulness in Thailand and South Africa, and I try to integrate that into my own practice and my teaching. I see yoga as a way to recharge the internal battery,to wind down from the stresses of daily life, and to cultivate awareness of the world around.

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

This walk will consider the relations between the Granby Park district and the rest of the city at four moments: early nineteenth century, early twentieth century, mid twentieth century and today. We will consider historical legacies and spatial relations at a number of scales from the micro-geographies of hard and soft edges, public and private spaces to the broader geographies of urban development and globalization. The walk will last about two hours and participants will be given a handout with maps and data.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
An old photograph taken somewhere in the Dominick street area
Information about how to sell surplus academic books whereby the purchaser collects from my home.
Information about someone who was displaced by the demolition of the housing at Granby Park
Maps of the area - old, new, online, hand-made
The story behind some piece of Dublin slang

About the teacher, Gerry Kearns

I am professor of Human Geography at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. I work on Irish historical geography and have used field walks in my teaching. Recently I have led public walks in Kilkenny and through the neighbourhood around IMMA.

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Whole families and individuals are invited to join. Capoeira is a fusion of martial arts, dance and music of Afro-Brazilian origins. It is performed to the rhythm of traditional instruments. Students after learning the basic step and defence and attack movements play a simulated fight. The class can involve some basic acrobatic movements. The class is set up to work together with children and adults in inclusive and playful way, each performing the movements to their individual ability and respecting each other space. Music is an inherent part of capoeira. Without music the capoeira won’t be what it truly is. Learn how to play the original capoeira instruments like berimbau, pandeiro, atbaque or agogo. You will understand role of rhythm in capoeira and learn some capoeira songs in Brazilian Portuguese. Frevo is a carnival dance which originates in capoeira. It is danced in colourful costume with a small umbrella in hand and consists of quick and quite acrobatic movements. The frevo music brings the heat of Brazilian carnival to the central Dublin. The word frevo is said to originate from ‘ferver’ what means boiling and it is fun to dance. All classes involve some physical activity and music. Please wear long training trousers and preferably white t-shirt. Anybody can join, people of all physical and musical abilities or age. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Appreciation and applause
Big Bottle of Natural Mineral Water
Food Item e.g. rice, lentils (1kg)
Graphic Design Help
Organic Herbal Tea
Tops on Job Vacancies (Security Guard, Shop Assistant, etc)

About the teacher, Capoeira Agua de Beber

We are a capoeira club set up in Dublin. We are based in the local community of Granby Part at Dominic Street no. 41. We teach capoeira for children and adults in couple of locations around Dublin. We work with broader definition of capoeira which includes other activities such as dances (samba, maculele, frevo) and music of North-Eastern Brazil. We understand capoeira as a tool of social inclusion where various social groups meet and interact. The teacher is Instructor Mamaozinho who has long experience in teaching children, adults, elders and people with special needs in club classes and social projects. He has 15 years of experience in capoeira. Our club is a part of international capoeira school Centro Cultural Capoeira Agua de Beber based in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Maculele, Samba and Capoeira Roda

6:30a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Maculele is a dance of warriors performed with wooden sticks or machetes. It is performed in a group choreography or as fight by two “warriors”. It is played to the strong rhythm of drums. Samba de Roda is a traditional samba which gave origins to the colourful carnival samba famous around the world today. Samba de roda is danced in a circle to the rhythm of capoeira musical instruments. You will learn samba steps, interact with the other dancers in the circle, clap your hands and sing. Capoeira Roda is a meeting of capoeira players and it is the core of capoeira tradition. That is why we all learn capoeira. It is amazing experience and very inclusive activity. Play a simulated fight inside a circle formed by people playing instruments, clapping hands and singing. You will feel the energy and understand why capoeira is amazing. To enjoy it at the best we recommend attending one of the capoeira classes which takes place in Granby Park, but it is not mandatory. All classes involve some physical activity and music. Please wear long training trousers and preferably white t-shirt. Anybody can join, people of all physical and musical abilities or age. Young children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Bring one of the following:
Appreciation and applause
Food Item e.g. rice, lentils (1kg)
Lift by Car to Connolly Station with Instruments
Natural Beauty Products e.g. olive soap
Pair of empty 1.5l plastic bottles (smaller for children)
Tip on Job Vacancies (Security Guard, Shop Assistant, etc)

About the teacher, Capoeira Agua de Beber

We are a capoeira club set up in Dublin. We are based in the local community of Granby Part at Dominic Street no. 41. We teach capoeira for children and adults in couple of locations around Dublin. We work with broader definition of capoeira which includes other activities such as dances (samba, maculele, frevo) and music of North-Eastern Brazil. We understand capoeira as a tool of social inclusion where various social groups meet and interact. The teacher is Instructor Mamaozinho who has long experience in teaching children, adults, elders and people with special needs in club classes and social projects. He has 15 years of experience in capoeira. Our club is a part of international capoeira school Centro Cultural Capoeira Agua de Beber based in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Granby Park
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Children will learn how to design and print their own unique tote bag using imagery inspired by Historical Landmarks of Dublin City. Facilitated by Print Block tutors Caroline Ryan and Ruth Doorley. Parents/Guardians must stay near the workshop area during workshops.

Bring one of the following:
A plain cotton tote bag
A smile or a hello
A surprise
Compliment someone else's fabric print
Help to clean up at the end of the workshop
Tell us something you know about fabric printing

About the teacher, Print Block

Print Block is the only membership based studio and workshop for printed textile design based in Ireland. Established in 2011, we aim to raise the profile of printed textile design, develop the industry and increase the reputation for Irish designed printed textiles. Our mission is to provide affordable access to a fully equipped professional textile printing facility. To develop the textile printing industry through education, workshops and master classes, whilst fostering professional networks between designers and trade. Our educational programme runs during Spring, Summer and Autumn, any upcoming courses will be advertised on our website and on our facebook page. If you are interested in hiring Print Block to do a course outside of our studio as part of an event, festival or otherwise, please get in touch via email printblockstudio@gmail.com Print Block, The Donnelly Centre, Cork Street Dublin 8

Help with your CV!

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

In this workshop we will help to create basic CVs for people who are interested in looking for work. If you have little or no work experience, don't worry. Everyone has skills and experience which are useful for employers and we can have a look at these together. If you have a CV already, please bring a copy along. We can review existing CVs as well as create new ones. This will be a small, group class of about 8-10 people.

Bring one of the following:
A round of applause at the end of the class
People To Support/help Others In The Class
Promise Of Participation In Voluntary Projects

About the teacher, KarlaHealion

Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument but never got around to it? Have you always fancied yourself as a bit of a musician? Do you want to work on your next party piece? If so, grab a cuppa and join Thomas Johnston for an introduction to the humble tin-whistle. During this class you will learn about the tin-whistle, and have a chance to listen to some traditional musicians who have brought the whistle to the world's stages. Most importantly, you will master some basic skills on the instrument (scales etc.), and go away with a tune (or two) to keep your fingers busy making music. NB: You must bring your own tin-whistle to this class which you can purchase in most good music shops in the city (Key of D).

Bring one of the following:
A promise that you'll practice after the lesson
A round of applause after you've all learned the tune
A surprise
Coffee Beans
To lead a tin-whistle revolution throughout the city

About the teacher, Thomas Johnston

Thomas Johnston plays uilleann pipes and whistles, and has taught and performed extensively in Ireland and abroad. He is currently carrying out research in St. Patrick's College (Drumcondra) on Music Generation's national performance music education service. Previous to this, he taught uilleann pipes and whistle at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and has been involved in several music projects for children and young people.

Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Douglas Carson will host a short workshop on geometries in nature and architecture. Part history talk, part hands-on workshop the event is open to all those with an interest in the seen and unseen, no matter what the age.

Bring one of the following:
1 hour of gardening (in Rathmines)
1 pineapple
30 biscuits
5 strips of 1m long Balsa wood approx 5mm x 5mm
A framed photograph of a tree
A funny story about rabbits
A Limerick with the words 'architect', 'pineapple' and 1 geometric shape
Any plant of the Aloe or Agave genus
Fairtrade coffee, enough for 20 (kettle provided)
Fairtrade Tea bags for 20

About the teacher, Douglas Carson

Douglas Carson lives in Dublin and is interested in the built environment, the natural environment and the people and ideas that inhabit the environment. He is a qualified architect and teacher and runs his own architecture practice with his wife, Rosaleen Crushell.

Make Your Own Electronics

1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

This workshop will teach people the basics of electronics, and they'll take away their very own creation at the end. For this class we will be making a mini optical theremin. We don't want anything new or expensive in return for our workshop, but if you have any of the things we need that you're not using, or you have any strange and interesting items you'd like to donate us, we'd love to take it!

Bring one of the following:
A printer (can be old or whatever, as long as it works alright)
An old TV or monitor
Anything we can use to make stuff!
Spare electronics components or storage
The help of an electrician to fix the wiring in our basement

About the teacher, Tanya Branagan

Make Shop started as a pop up experiment by the Science Gallery, we want to encourage creativity by teaching people anything from sewing to soldering! Our shop offers a variety of workshops which are all on a walk-in basis. We're always open to ideas about new workshops to run or cool products to stock, so call in!

Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Get an overview of digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing, Laser cutting and CNC machining. We'll go through what the machines can do and how to make the files for fabrication. I'll walk you through the process of making vector files for cutting. Then we'll use a machine to cut some vinyl stickers there and then. If you have a laptop with Illustrator, you can follow along and cut custom stickers of your own!

Bring one of the following:
Coding / dev work
Compost
Edible plants for my garden
Fancy meats
Help moving things from someone with a van

About the teacher, Tara Whelan

Tara is a designer who is currently working to set up Dublin's first fab lab (a place where people can have access to special machines to make just about anything).

Introduction to Journalism

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

This class is for anyone interested in journalism whether you are a media consumer, or interested in pursuing a career in journalism. It covers the basics of what journalism is (and isn't), how newspapers work, the roles in a newspaper, and how media is changing. In the class, we will do some group work and look at newspapers and how they shape the world we live in. We will also delve into media analysis, asking: does the media reflect reality? Or does reality reflect the media?

Bring one of the following:
a news story from that day
a piece by a journalist you admire (or dislike!)
a surprise
an open mind
chocolates to share
your favourite magazine/newspaper

About the teacher, Katie Roche

Katie is a freelance journalist, with a passion for community and music. She's written for The Sunday Times, Irish Independent, and was previously a subeditor at the Herald and Irish Daily Star. She also is a journalism lecturer at Griffith College Dublin.

Learn to Knit for Beginners

10:30a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 2
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Learn the basics - cast on, knit, purl and bind off, so you can finally cross "learn to knit" off the new years resolution roll over! After the class you will be able to knit your own scarf, and be confident to move onto more complex projects. Materials (needles and wool) provided, but bring your own wool if you want to specifically work on it.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise
dried fruit
herbal tea
home baked goods
kiln dried firewood
something rainbow
used/pre loved books

About the teacher, Susan Madigan

I am an enthusiastic crafter, baker, reader, volunteer and learner. I love to support people and teach new skills, and I want to give a little and learn a lot from this class.

Dominick Street Community Centre Room 2
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

'The Quiet Tree' is a music workshop (for 2-4 year old children and a participating adult(s)) which tells the story of the Creatures of Whistleberry Forest who discover an old oak tree deep in the woods where there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk. During the workshop, the children are led on a musical journey (singing, dancing, and playing instruments) through the forest where they help Oran the owl, Sorley the snail, Faolán the frog bring the old oak tree to life with music and song. Important note: A participating adult must accompany each child during 'The Quiet Tree'

Bring one of the following:
A bird's feather
An unusual pebble
Coffee Beans
Pine Cones
To borrow a cushion (please take one, and you can take it home)
Your participation

About the teacher, Thomas Johnston

Thomas Johnston plays uilleann pipes and whistles, and has taught and performed extensively in Ireland and abroad. He is currently carrying out research in St. Patrick's College (Drumcondra) on Music Generation's national performance music education service. Previous to this, he taught uilleann pipes and whistle at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and has been involved in several music projects for children and young people.

Introduction to Essential Oils

12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Come join our class and learn how to use essential oils in your daily life! Essential Oils are the aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They have been used for hundreds of years due to their aromatic and healing properties. In this class you will lean about the properties of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oils and ways they can be used in your everyday life for physical and mental well being. You will also get to take home a sample bottle of any oil you choose!

Bring one of the following:
A lovely ball of wool
A small drawing
Bag of chocolate chips
Bag of clementines
Earl Grey Tea
Friendship Bracelet
Good positive vibes
Taper Candles

About the teacher, Katie Daffy

My name is Katie and I am an essential oils enthusiast. I have been using the oils for a number of months and am an active member in this community around Dublin and I love to share my findings with others!

Improve Your Writing Skills

2:30p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 2
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

This class is all about writing – no matter what your level, whether it's for work or fun. We write and read everyday; send emails, letters, text messages, online tweets. Sometimes we lose sight of the basics of writing and why we do it in the first place. This class will go through sentence structure, style, common errors, and you'll leave with writing tips you can practise everyday. We'll look at good and bad examples of writing, and if there's time, we'll write our own story.

Bring one of the following:
A piece of writing you dislike
A piece of writing you like

About the teacher, Katie Roche

Katie is a freelance journalist, with a passion for community and music. She's written for The Sunday Times, Irish Independent, and was previously a subeditor at the Herald and Irish Daily Star. She also is a journalism lecturer at Griffith College Dublin.

Dominick Street Community Centre Room 2
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Some drawing, shadows and colour mixing. I plan to cover picture composition, a tonal breakdown and application of colour. This is a quick introduction and I hope to teach you some basic skills to take on still life subjects.

Bring one of the following:
a colourful object
a hat
a short story
A sketch
an interesting object
Organic fruit/vegetables
something you made
watercolour paper

About the teacher, Thomas Collins

I studied art in London and Dublin for six years. Since then I've been in some group shows and mostly working on private commissions. I taught watercolour workshops at Art in Action in Ireland.

Russian Language

4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 2
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

Are you a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism? Perhaps you looking for a head start before studying or working in Russia? Or do you wish to become a fluent Russian speaker and be able to understand and communicate with more than 278 million people worldwide? Or maybe you just want to get acquainted with a beautiful girl or a handsome guy who can become your good friend or even more, or you simply like Russia and want to read Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy in the original and would like to know all about Russian Pancake week... There are many reasons why people love to learn Russian. It is one of the world's most rich and expressive languages. Regardless of the reason I assure you that it is not that difficult as it seems and it is worth the effort. I have everything you need to get started learning right now.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise :)
Bring the picture of national Russian kettle "samovar"
Bring the pictures of Russian Hollywood stars
Find historical links of Ireland and Russia
Find worldwide famous Russian writers and theirs literary pieces

About the teacher, Yana Nizamutdinova

I have 10 year language teaching experience in third level education I was also tutoring one-to-one and group classes at all levels from complete beginners to proficiency level, people of different ages and various interests in life. I have a PhD in literature and languages I work as a teacher assistant in St. Peter Apostole school in Clondalkin As a person who was taught a few foreign languages, I know precisely what a beginner should be given and how it should be taught. I have developed interesting methods of teaching, that will make your learning easy and fun

Everyday Poetry

4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Room 1
Dominick Street Lower
Dublin IE

raps, dittys, poems, song, fun, writing, performing and recording. I can show you how to express your self with some gentle vocal and warmup body exercises- some ways to use words and introduce you to some wordsmiths!

Bring one of the following:
a date
book
boys clothes age 10-11
cinema ticket
tarot cards

About the teacher, lisamarie

My name is lisamarie Johnson, I am an award winning artist and published poet and an activist- love music and dancing and travelling and most of all people..I like passing on the love!!!

MARTcade (Space 2)
46 Rathmines Road Lower
Rathmines IE

The ebook revolution means that anyone can now distribute their novel or short story into all key global markets - and at no cost! This class will look at the process of creating an original story then show you how to publish it.

Bring one of the following:
Art
Cup of coffee
Flowers
Novel
Surprise

About the teacher, Gary J Byrnes

Gary has an ebook in the iTunes Ireland top 40 and has been number one on Amazon. He's been self-publishing his stories since the revolution began, in early 2011, and is eager to help all aspiring writers overcome the obstacles to self-expression. He wants you to be read and to deliver pleasure to readers all over the world.

MARTcade (Space 2)
46 Rathmines Road Lower
Rathmines IE

Making a comic does not need to be complicated. It's actually the simplest thing in the world. I've been making and drawing comics since I was 6-years old, and the best lesson I ever learned was how if you make a mistake - just keep on drawing - that's part of the fun. This Workshop will be an creative and interactive session is for adults and children to draw and invent their own comic. Bring some paper! Bring some colour! Bring lots of fun!

Bring one of the following:
A old comic book
Any art equipment (old pencils, markers, paper)
Fresh fruit
Teach a class at Trade School in the future
Write a list of the 5 best things you love about Dublin (and why)

About the teacher, Philip Isard

My name is Philip, and I've been drawing since I was 6 years-old. By day, I am a mild-mannered consultant working with non-profits and charities. By night, I am an adventuring artists that invent comics and draws in the corners of books and pages. I have a blog where you can see some of my art http://sockpowbong.tumblr.com/. Also, I am one of the co-founders of Trade School Dublin.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road
Kilmainham, Dublin 8 IE

Whether you are applying for research funding, funding for art or community projects or funding to study there are things you need to consider to help your application be successful. This can be issues such as structure, tone and narrative as well as financial planning, project planning, building a team/partners or getting external support. In this session I will look at these issues and share examples of successful funding applications I have been involved in. I will highlight some of the struggles and challenges involved. The session will be informal and interactive and students will be able to share proposals they are currently working on or planning to write in order to get feedback and take home new ideas. Worksheets will be provided but it might be useful to bring a notebook. Please bring a willingness to learn and share feedback with others.

Bring one of the following:
a old whiskey glass
a random surprise
a recipe for home cooked bread
a recipe for your favourite vegetarian meal
an interesting book
cookies (not necessarily home made)

About the teacher, SimonOR

I am originally from Dublin but have been living in the UK for the last 9 years and working as a design researcher. I have been head of research at a design research centre and co-director of a social design agency. I have been involved in writing many funding applications, some of which were successful. I have experience in writing bids for large multi-million Euro EU projects as well as smaller grants from national organisations. I have recently been employed as an expert funding and project evaluator by the European Commission.

Yarn Bombing Workshop

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road
Kilmainham, Dublin 8 IE

Yarn Bombing is a type of non-permanent street art that uses colourful displays of knitting or crochet to brighten up public spaces. Class attendees will be taught simple Yarn Bombing techniques, and will be supplied with lots of knitting and crochet patches and other materials with which to yarn bomb IMMA - or attendees can bring their own items they'd like to yarn bomb (a stool, a chair, a bicycle, a pet, whatever your heart desires...)

Bring one of the following:
Anything homemade or handmade
Old badge(s)
Old comic book/graphic novel
Old wine glass(es)
Something you'd like to YARN BOMB

About the teacher, Zita Spring

Zita runs a wool shop, and is one of the Trade School Dublin crew. She's organised large-scale yarn bombing installations in Dublin before, and finds it a really fun way to enagage with new people, and to share her love for crafts and messing about.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road
Kilmainham, Dublin 8 IE

Whether you always wanted to try yoga but never made it to the studio or you simply enjoy outdoor activities, this is a chance for you...to stretch, relax and reconnect with your body through movement and breathing. The class is aimed at beginners, however you may still enjoy it if you have already had some yoga experience. We will be practicing outdoors in the beautiful surrounding of the IMMA gardens. Please, bring comfortable clothes, a yoga mat and positive attitude :-)

Bring one of the following:
An interesting story
dark chocolate
herbs/spices
home plant
organic herbal tea
to teach me to dance forró
web design skills

About the teacher, Dominika Topolska

I have been always enjoying movement through various sports and dancing. First, when I got into yoga I found it to be a great remedy for dance related injuries and 'city lifestyle pains' ;-). Quickly I discovered this is one of the best and easily accessible ways for me to relax and balance my body and mind. I completed yoga teacher training a couple of years ago and I have been teaching part-time since.

Paper Electronic Circuits

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road
Kilmainham, Dublin 8 IE

Design a paper robot and have it light up with LEDs. Learn the basics of electronic circuits, with no soldering required. If robots aren't your thing, you can use the same technique to bring a touch of light to lots of different kinds of paper objects, including jewelry, accessories, cards or origami.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Altoid tins or similar small tins or boxes
Batteries of any sort
Craft supplies of any kind
Electronic components - motors, solder, jump wires, crocodile clips, anything.
Electronic toys that make noise, old or pound shop type

About the teacher, Tara Whelan

Tara is a designer who is currently working to set up Dublin's first fab lab (a place where people can have access to special machines to make just about anything).

Smithfield Square Dublin - Bluefire Festival
Smithfield Square
Dublin IE

Eskista is Ethiopian traditional dance- shaking upper part of your body, it is more like the harlem shake. You could google it if you would like to know more.

Bring one of the following:
Asian souvenier
Jewellery
Sun-glass
Surprise
USB stick

About the teacher, Marta Abebe

I am a postgraduate student at Trinity. I like traditions and cultures. I would like to teach 'eskista' because it is very unique dance and would like people to practice it. It will be a good fun learning.

Smithfield Square Dublin - Bluefire Festival
Smithfield Square
Dublin IE

Are You Tired of Superficial Chit Chat and Long for Some Deep and Meaningful Conversation? Borrowing some inspiration from the Enlightenment Salons of the 18th century we offer you a 21st century forum for transformational conversations, a philosophical salon for the modern day punter where provocative and challenging questions about self and society will be asked to act as a catalyst for fresh thinking and new possibilities. Transform apathy, cynicism and inertia into inspiration, momentum and action! A perfect place to brainstorm, problem-solve, ponder, discuss, philosophise and reflect on the issues and dilemmas that most fascinate and perplex you! Hosted by Life Coach Heather Bourke with conversation menus full of suggestions, questions and topics!

Bring one of the following:
help spreading the word re conversation salons
materials for fabric collage
old glossy fashion magazines
Philosphical questions for modern society
vegetarian recipes

About the teacher, Heather Bourke

I am a life coach who loves finding entertaining, creative, fun ways to bring about insights and shifts in peoples thinking and behaviour. I am passionate about inspiring people to see the magic in the ordinary and the everyday and grasp every chance for expansion, fulfilment and joy.

Simple Maths for Everyone

4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Smithfield Square Dublin - Bluefire Festival
Smithfield Square
Dublin IE

Usually people think that maths is too difficult for them and very far from daily life. I want to show that math is simple and useful in our lives. I want to start from the explanation of the line with some properties. The aim is to show that maths is available and could be a good friend.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Finding new friends, going out with them
Improving my english language
Improving the knowledge of Dublin
Improving the knowledge of Irish history and politics

About the teacher, Filiberto Biolcati Rinaldi

I have a master's degree in Physics at Ferrara University. I did an internship in Dublin, at Trinity College in the group of Condensed Matter. I like teaching. Usually I gave private grinds in Italy. I think it is a great challenge for me giving english grinds of maths. I hope to improve my english during next weeks.

Smithfield Square Dublin - Bluefire Festival
Smithfield Square
Dublin IE

Whether you are applying for research funding, funding for art or community projects or funding to study there are things you need to consider to help your application be successful. This can be issues such as structure, tone and narrative as well as financial planning, project planning, building a team/partners or getting external support. In this session I will look at these issues and share examples of successful funding applications I have been involved in. I will highlight some of the struggles and challenges involved. The session will be informal and interactive and students will be able to share proposals they are currently working on or planning to write in order to get feedback and take home new ideas. Worksheets will be provided but it might be useful to bring a notebook. Please bring a willingness to learn and share feedback with others.

Bring one of the following:
a follow on email saying how you used the class in a funding application
a simple note book
name of a wild camping spot in West of Ireland
names of one decent veggie restaurants in Dublin
names of places to cycle in West of Ireland

About the teacher, SimonOR

I am originally from Dublin but have been living in the UK for the last 9 years and working as a design researcher. I have been head of research at a design research centre and co-director of a social design agency. I have been involved in writing many funding applications, some of which were successful. I have experience in writing bids for large multi-million Euro EU projects as well as smaller grants from national organisations. I have recently been employed as an expert funding and project evaluator by the European Commission.

Join the Self-Publishing Revolution!

12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m.
MARTcade (Space 1)
46 Lower Rathmines Road
Rathmines IE

Whether you've been writing something or just feel the itch to get started, this class will show you how to complete, format and publish your work into all key ebook marketplaces, from iTunes to Amazon. You can publish your work FOR FREE and generate an income from it for life!

Bring one of the following:
A book.
A promise to help a homeless person.
A surprise.
A t-shirt.
Flowers.

About the teacher, Gary J Byrnes

Gary has an ebook in the iTunes Ireland top 40 and has been number one on Amazon. He's been self-publishing his stories since the revolution began, in early 2011, and is eager to help all aspiring writers overcome the obstacles to self-expression. He wants you to be read and to deliver pleasure to readers all over the world.

Learn to Knit for beginners

1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.
MARTcade (Space 2)
46 Rathmines Road Lower
Rathmines IE

Learn the basics - knit, purl and bind off, so you can finally cross "learn to knit" off the new years resolution roll over! After the class you will be able to knit your own scarf, and be confident to move onto more complex projects. Materials (needles and wool) provided, but bring your own wool if you want to specifically work on it.

Bring one of the following:
herbal tea bags
home baked goods
pre-loved books
spare wool
sultanas or other dried fruit
surprise

About the teacher, Susan Madigan

I am an enthusiastic crafter, baker, reader, volunteer and learner. I love to support people and teach new skills, and I want to give a little and learn a lot from this class.

Introduction to Journalism

2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
MARTcade (Space 2)
46 Rathmines Road Lower
Rathmines IE

How does news get to be news? What makes a news story? And what doesn't, and why? This class is for anyone interested in journalism whether you are a newspaper reader or interested in pursuing a career in journalism or writing. We'll cover the basics of what journalism is (and isn't); how newspapers work; the roles in a newspaper; and how media is changing. We will do some group work and look at newspapers and how they shape the world we live in. We will also delve into media analysis: does the media reflect reality? Or does reality reflect the media?

Bring one of the following:
An article you dislike
An article you like

About the teacher, Katie Roche

Katie is a freelance journalist, with a passion for community and music. She's written for The Sunday Times, Irish Independent, and was previously a subeditor at the Herald and Irish Daily Star. She also is a journalism lecturer at Griffith College Dublin.

Introduction to the Irish Language

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Multipurpose room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

Do you keep seeing signs in Irish? Or hearing people on TV or radio use Irish phrases? But what is this language and is it dead or alive? This class will give some background on the language and its place in Irish society. You will also learn some basic phrases and words. After this class, you should be able to surprise your Irish friends with some Irish phrases. If you have children, it may help you to help them at school. If you are single, it may help you to chat up Irish people in pubs! And overall it should help you to understand Ireland a little bit more ...

Bring one of the following:
A beginner guitar lesson
A poem
A promise to practice your Irish afterwards!
A small portion of home made food
A surprise
Your interest!

About the teacher, Finbar McDonnell

Finbar has a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Irish from University College Dublin and speaks Irish when he can. He has visited many of the Irish-speaking areas in Ireland and is a member of an Irish language hillwalking group based in Dublin. Finbar formerly worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France. An economist by training, Finbar now works in the property sector in Dublin.

Watercolour Painting

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Computer room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

Learn how to develop your imaginative eye for unique observation of nature in order to visualize it using just a pencil and water colors. No etching, give up surreal perfection - only your trust into the result is what counts. You can learn how to make a confident line. A very relaxed and focusing get-together. Students will need to bring water colour paints.

Bring one of the following:
A funny pair of socks size 8.5
A piece of cake
A surprise

About the teacher, Katharina Isabel Schmidt

I am a student of Arts and Science, a learner and a searcher (<30). This is a great opportunity to share experiences, offering opportunities and to develop your skills. Being a very outgoing and active person I also learn things anew everyday. I found out the key to understanding functions much better by encouraging each other.

Dominick Street Community Centre Computer room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

This class will attempt to answer this question by teaching participants about Google Drive. We will be covering the basics of: *sharing and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets and slides *file management *creating and sharing forms and questionnaires *emailing, downloading and converting files to other formats. Google Drive can be really useful as a cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, for work, jobseeking, budgeting, researching and loads of other stuff. It's also free and available automatically to anyone with a Gmail account. You will need to have basic computer skills to take part in this class. Please make sure you have set up a Google/Gmail/Drive account before coming to the class. And please make sure you know your email address and password! :) Email Trade School Dublin if you don't know how to set up a Google/Gmail/Drive account and I'll get in touch to help you.

Bring one of the following:
a jar of coconut oil
a lesson on fingernail manicuring
a nice bottle of wine
flower or veg seeds for post-April planting
lovely soap
wood for a small stove

About the teacher, Laura Howe

I'm Laura and one of my jobs is to teach people digital skills. I've been doing this for nearly 5 years, everything from teaching beginners to teaching organisations how to use Wordpress, social media etc. I've spent time in the UK teaching 3rd sector organisations about Google Drive and how it can help their clients and service users deal with changes to the welfare system. I use Google Drive for everything; planning, organising projects, developing training, group work, everything, and so I'm happy to share my zeal with other people.

Grow your own food

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Multipurpose room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

Learn the fundamentals you need to get started in growing chemical free fruit and vegetables - soil management, choosing what to grow, specific plant requirements, pest and disease control and the basics of permaculture. I will have a wide range of seeds and each person can sow one crop each in a small container to bring home (if they like)! Growing even a small percentage of the food you eat is a highly enjoyable as well as sensible activity in many ways. I plan for this class to be fun and interactive and will do my best to answer any questions you may have. This class is suitable for beginners as well as experienced gardens.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Advice or assistance in advertising a gardening business
Compost
Home made crafts
Pre-loved books
Pre-loved clothes (size 8)
Seeds, cuttings or plants
Your own personal cooking recipes

About the teacher, Siobhan Lavelle

I developed an interest in growing food while travelling and working on organic farms. I have been growing most of my own vegetables and some fruit for the past 4 years. I did a FETAC level 5 in organic horticulture at The Organic College in Limerick, as part of which I was unofficially taught a lot of permaculture. I then completed a FETAC level 6 in horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, specialising in food production. I am currently working as a freelance gardener and am involved in an inner city community garden. I am also interested in music, writing and ecology.

Dominick Street Community Centre Computer room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

Do you have a website or are you planning to set a website up for business reasons? Would you like to know how to get more visitors, how to make them spend more time on your website and engage more with your content, how to get more conversions (such as sales/leads/donations/subscriptions etc) on your website, how to make visitors come back and advocate for your business? This is the right class for you! All the concepts/ideas will be explained in plain English and with real examples, and I'll tailor the class to your needs as much as possible. You will: - learn how to plan a digital marketing strategy focused on your website, and choose the right objectives, tactics, monitoring/evaluation tools and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for you - understand the options to grow your audience online. You will learn the difference between owned, paid, and earned channels, and how to use tactics such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), PPC (Pay-per-clic) advertising, Social Media advertising, SMM (Social Media Management) to be found online and increase the number of people reaching your website - learn how to encourage interaction on your website, through tactics such as content optimization and CRO (Conversion rate optimization) - learn how to get people to buy on your website or convert on-site (for example, how to get people to subscribe to a newsletter or download a file) through persuasion tactics and CRO (Conversion rate optimization) - learn how to build customer loyalty and advocacy through email marketing and social media marketing. - learn how to monitor the success and define improvement areas We will talk in a friendly way about: - monitoring tools (Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Webmasters etc) - testing tools (Google Mobile-Friendly Test, Google PageSpeed etc) - audience planning tools (Google Trends, Google Keyword Planner, Facebook Insights etc) - advertising options (PPC - Pay per clic, Google Adwords, Facebook Ads etc) - SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Local SEO (Google My Business, Google+ Local), Mobile SEO - Social Media - Personas - KPIs (CTR, Impressions, Visits, Bounces, Avg session duration, Conversions, Social engagement etc) and other stuff! At the end of the class, you will have the basics and you will know the right tools to start planning or improving your digital marketing strategy for your website. Please bring a laptop with you if possible.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
A used Brompton :)
Gravel for backyard
Organic produce
Pre-loved Books
Used Bookshelf

About the teacher, Marco Mancosu

Italian, living in Ireland since 2007, Marco is a digital marketing consultant with over 10 years' experience in the industry. He worked with Lionbridge Technologies (for Google) and Yahoo! and recently set up his own consulting business, Digital Marketing Services (http://www.digitalmarketingservices.ie/). He is also founder and blogger of a popular computer-related website that had over 1 Million of visitors in 2014. Marco is specialized in digital marketing audits & planning, SEO, PPC and CRO. Marco loves the idea of bartering and sharing knowledge, and helped build the RFE (Roots Favour Exchange) at www.rootsfavourexchange.com. It's a skills and labour exchange system based on exchanges of favours between people living in the North Co.Fingal area.

Basic DIY

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Multipurpose room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

A class on hanging shelves, wiring a plug, energy efficient bulbs, attic and wall insulation, leds lights, some plumbing maybe. Please feel free to bring any questions you might have and feel equally free to not get upset if I can't answer them

Bring one of the following:
A self portrait
A short poem you've written
Items with chocolate inside or outside
Logs for my stove
Lyons teabags

About the teacher, Rob Byrne

I'm passionate about diy and trying to improve my home. When I finished my degree in computer science I worked as a chimney sweep for a year, naturally. I worked 1 year in computers and am now trying to make my way as an artist working with stone.

Introduction to Web Design

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Dominick Street Community Centre Computer room
Dominick Street
Dublin 1 IE

This class will cover the basics of how to build a webpage. We will cover some theory in brief and also have a chance to get our hands dirty and actually make a simple webpage using HTML and CSS. No experience with web development is necessary but you will need to be able to use a computer - e.g. how to create, save and open files, right-click etc.

Bring one of the following:
Food
Indoor plants
Jokes
Recipes
Wine

About the teacher, Eoghan Parle

I am interested in alternative forms of exchange and I believe that the web is a great place to explore these alternatives. I am a founding member of the Dublin Favour Exchange which does just that.